Portrait of Rap Artist Kay Greyson

Portrait of Rap Artist Kay Greyson

It was awesome to work with super-talented musician Kay Greyson on this shoot. Merely using an on-camera flash to get a paparazzi-style feel and wandering around Newcastle to shoot, we both loved the results!

 

Kay Bio:

Who Are You and What Do You Do?

I’m Kay Greyson, and I’m a rapper.

Can You Describe Your Sound?

It’s new school hip hop, very Americanised. Fun. I like to tell stories in my music and let people get to know me, but also give them something to dance too. 

Can You Describe Your Earliest Musical Influences?

My dad is a Musician and played in bands all his life, so I was always around music from being a baby. He would make me listen to everything from Bob Marley to Dire Straits to Kenny Rogers. It made me a music lover. My mum is also a massive music fan, and she always made me listen to the good storytellers like Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, I think that’s when I fell in love with songwriting.

Can You Describe Your Journey as a Musician?

I started to write my music when I was six after my mum bought my brother an Eminem CD and I stole it to listen to on my Walkman, but I remember loving music way before that. When I was four and five, my dad would try to teach me guitar, keyboard and even organ to no avail. Once I heard rap music, I fell in love, and by eleven, I was performing my own original music. I believe that in whatever you are doing if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. It may not be the reward you expected, but there will be one. I’ve been performing for over ten years. My philosophies on music are always growing as I grow as an artist. It’s been a real gradual process, each time the tracks are a little tighter and more layered, each time the shows a little bigger.

Which Artists Do You Currently Listen Too?

Currently, I’m obsessed with Fleetwood Mac. I think they’re the greatest band of all time and they are all I’m listening to right now. I’ve always been into them, but I feel like right now I appreciate them more as musical geniuses.

Do You Listen to Other Music From Different Genres? 

I love music from any genre; hip hop is a love for me because it’s the music I make, but my usual playlist is mostly rock and folk as it’s what I grew up listening to, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Police, Wings etc. It’s all about great writing for me, which is why I love James Blake and Frank Ocean too. I make these playlists on my Spotify called ‘Eclectic Mix’s’. It started as a joke, trying to create playlists with as many different vibes in it as I could but now there are 79 of them and counting. I really can get into anything musically.

Is the Current Northern Music Scene in a Good Place? 

I would say that it is. I always see people making progress and new artists emerging all the time, but nowadays the artists seem different rather than how it used to be back in the day when they all seemed to be copies of each other. I live with Kema Kay, who I think is one of the most talented artists the north has ever produced. There are others like Xaatu, Sågaboi, Dylan Cartlidge etc. Really talented people.

Can You Describe Your Songwriting Process?

I usually write songs using what I call the ‘Jigsaw Method’. I don’t like sitting down to a blank page so as I go about my life I will write things down that occur to me or sound good and then when I find a beat I will sit down and piece it all together into a full idea. I always find it easier to write songs this way.

Has Lockdown Impacted Your Creativity in a Positive Way or a Negative Way?

Due to my ‘Jigsaw Method’ approach, the lockdown has been really tough on my songwriting creativity because I’ve been stuck in one place so creative ideas don’t come to me as often. I’m coping better with it now, though, and I feel like I’m a better songwriter for it. Outside of that, it has made recording impossible, and it’s probably the longest time since I was ten years old that I haven’t been in the studio. It’s the gigs, however, that I miss the most. I often use the stage to workshop new ideas, see what works and what doesn’t so not having that has been tough.

What Are Your Aspirations for the Future?

All I want is to be a musician for the rest of my life and never have to do anything else because I don’t feel I could enjoy anything like I enjoy this.

Can You Describe What the Paris Ep Is? 

Paris was the culmination of a long time wait. Waiting for the right time to release music, the right opportunity, the right team behind me and more than all that waiting for me to grow and be ready. ‘Paris’ the song is one I made a year or so ago when I turned 21 and it just always stuck with me. The other two, Call The Police and Sweet Rum Punch, we’re there to show my mental state at the time. I was young, and all I wanted more than anything was to have fun. All together I think the EP comes across as a snapshot of youth. 

Where Can People Go to Listen to Your Music?

I’m on Spotify/Apple etc. any streaming services, I’m on there, and my music videos are on my YouTube Channel. I also post snippets and lots of other good stuff on my Instagram.

Did You Enjoy Working With Paul? 

Working with Paul is incredible because he is so committed to his work and to get a great shot. He is willing to try out lots of different locations to see what works and has a warm personality so that the people he is working with always feel comfortable. I really enjoyed it.

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Portrait of Rap Artist Kay Greyson

It was awesome to work with super-talented musician Kay Greyson on this shoot. Merely using an on-camera flash to get a paparazzi-style feel and wandering around Newcastle to shoot, we both loved the results!

 

Kay Bio:

Who Are You and What Do You Do?

I’m Kay Greyson, and I’m a rapper.

Can You Describe Your Sound?

It’s new school hip hop, very Americanised. Fun. I like to tell stories in my music and let people get to know me, but also give them something to dance too. 

Can You Describe Your Earliest Musical Influences?

My dad is a Musician and played in bands all his life, so I was always around music from being a baby. He would make me listen to everything from Bob Marley to Dire Straits to Kenny Rogers. It made me a music lover. My mum is also a massive music fan, and she always made me listen to the good storytellers like Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, I think that’s when I fell in love with songwriting.

Can You Describe Your Journey as a Musician?

I started to write my music when I was six after my mum bought my brother an Eminem CD and I stole it to listen to on my Walkman, but I remember loving music way before that. When I was four and five, my dad would try to teach me guitar, keyboard and even organ to no avail. Once I heard rap music, I fell in love, and by eleven, I was performing my own original music. I believe that in whatever you are doing if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. It may not be the reward you expected, but there will be one. I’ve been performing for over ten years. My philosophies on music are always growing as I grow as an artist. It’s been a real gradual process, each time the tracks are a little tighter and more layered, each time the shows a little bigger.

Which Artists Do You Currently Listen Too?

Currently, I’m obsessed with Fleetwood Mac. I think they’re the greatest band of all time and they are all I’m listening to right now. I’ve always been into them, but I feel like right now I appreciate them more as musical geniuses.

Do You Listen to Other Music From Different Genres? 

I love music from any genre; hip hop is a love for me because it’s the music I make, but my usual playlist is mostly rock and folk as it’s what I grew up listening to, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Police, Wings etc. It’s all about great writing for me, which is why I love James Blake and Frank Ocean too. I make these playlists on my Spotify called ‘Eclectic Mix’s’. It started as a joke, trying to create playlists with as many different vibes in it as I could but now there are 79 of them and counting. I really can get into anything musically.

Is the Current Northern Music Scene in a Good Place? 

I would say that it is. I always see people making progress and new artists emerging all the time, but nowadays the artists seem different rather than how it used to be back in the day when they all seemed to be copies of each other. I live with Kema Kay, who I think is one of the most talented artists the north has ever produced. There are others like Xaatu, Sågaboi, Dylan Cartlidge etc. Really talented people.

Can You Describe Your Songwriting Process?

I usually write songs using what I call the ‘Jigsaw Method’. I don’t like sitting down to a blank page so as I go about my life I will write things down that occur to me or sound good and then when I find a beat I will sit down and piece it all together into a full idea. I always find it easier to write songs this way.

Has Lockdown Impacted Your Creativity in a Positive Way or a Negative Way?

Due to my ‘Jigsaw Method’ approach, the lockdown has been really tough on my songwriting creativity because I’ve been stuck in one place so creative ideas don’t come to me as often. I’m coping better with it now, though, and I feel like I’m a better songwriter for it. Outside of that, it has made recording impossible, and it’s probably the longest time since I was ten years old that I haven’t been in the studio. It’s the gigs, however, that I miss the most. I often use the stage to workshop new ideas, see what works and what doesn’t so not having that has been tough.

What Are Your Aspirations for the Future?

All I want is to be a musician for the rest of my life and never have to do anything else because I don’t feel I could enjoy anything like I enjoy this.

Can You Describe What the Paris Ep Is? 

Paris was the culmination of a long time wait. Waiting for the right time to release music, the right opportunity, the right team behind me and more than all that waiting for me to grow and be ready. ‘Paris’ the song is one I made a year or so ago when I turned 21 and it just always stuck with me. The other two, Call The Police and Sweet Rum Punch, we’re there to show my mental state at the time. I was young, and all I wanted more than anything was to have fun. All together I think the EP comes across as a snapshot of youth. 

Where Can People Go to Listen to Your Music?

I’m on Spotify/Apple etc. any streaming services, I’m on there, and my music videos are on my YouTube Channel. I also post snippets and lots of other good stuff on my Instagram.

Did You Enjoy Working With Paul? 

Working with Paul is incredible because he is so committed to his work and to get a great shot. He is willing to try out lots of different locations to see what works and has a warm personality so that the people he is working with always feel comfortable. I really enjoyed it.

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